Arthouse Films has picked up worldwide rights to the late Marion Cajori's documentary Chuck Close and will release in early 2009.

Arthouse will distribute through its output deals with Mongrel Media in Canada, Revolver Entertainment in the UK and Ireland, Madman Entertainment in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and on Apple iTunes.

David Koh and Lilly Bright negotiated the deal on behalf of Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment with Isabel Jay and George Griffin on behalf of The Art Kaleidoscope Foundation and the Estate of Marion Cajori.

'Chuck Close is a fantastic film which offers audiences intimate access to Chuck Close's extremely technical and unique process,' Jay said.

'Made of portraits within a portrait, Chuck Close is a unique film which mirrors the artist's distinctive method and traces his artistic evolution. This was Marion Cajori's seminal film in her art documentary series and we are excited to be releasing it with Arthouse Films.